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GMC has begun take a shot at enhancing the Smart City proposition, which it had sent to the Union urban improvement service in December. GMC authorities held a meeting with the bureau of urban advancement in Lucknow a week ago to talk about a change arrangement for the proposition.

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The updated proposition with the change arrangement consolidated into it will be sent to the urban advancement service for appraisal and determination in the second round of the Smart City Mission.

“Various perspectives in the prior proposition should be reconsidered,” a seior official said.

In the prior proposition, the community body had drawn up an evaluation of around Rs 1,120 crore to be spent on different framework ventures. As indicated by authorities, recommendations and suggestions will be welcomed from individuals from the overall population for consideration in the crisp proposition, which will be sent to the union urban advancement service subsequent to reviewing it through the Lucknow-based Regional Center for Urban and Environmental Studies (RCUES).

A sum of 12 urban communities crosswise over Uttar Pradesh, including Ghaziabad, had been shortlisted by the state government to be produced as brilliant urban communities in the principal period of the focal government mission. In any case, not a solitary city from the state figured in the last rundown of 20 urban communities that were announced for advancement in the principal period of the mission on January 28.

Ghaziabad homebuyers need manufacturers to pay punishment for level deferral

The Federation of Association of Apartment Owners (FedAOA) of Ghaziabad has requested activity against designers over postponement in handover of ownership of pads to the proprietors.

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In a letter to UP CM Akhilesh Yadav on today, the alliance has requested confining of guidelines under the UP Apartment (Promotion of Construction, Ownership and Maintenance) Act, 2010, to drive engineers, who miss the due date of giving over pads, to pay to homebuyers.

Segment 4 (5) of the Act makes it obligatory for engineers to hand over ownership of a level in the wake of acquiring finish endorsement from the improvement powers. This endorsement must be gotten inside of two years from the date of offer understanding. Area 4 (2) makes it required for the designer to proclaim the date on which the undertaking is prone to be finished and in addition the punishment that the engineer would be obligated to pay the purchaser in the event of postponement in consummation.

FedAOA president Alok Kumar said the procurements of the Act made it compulsory for a designer to hand over a level to the purchaser after the execution of a deal understanding. “At the same time there are procurements in the Act qualifying a homebuyer for get remuneration in the event of deferral. A great many homebuyers over the NCR are spending EMIs notwithstanding leases from their pay rates abandoning them with little to survive. The administration ought to casing decides so remuneration paid by engineers who neglect to convey pads inside of the stipulated time suffices to compensate for the EMIs and rents paid each month by homebuyers. Improvement powers can’t evade procurements of the Act that are intended to ensure homebuyers,” Kumar said.

Alliance individuals said a great many homebuyers, who are dwelling on rent in lodging social orders of Indirapuram, are additionally subject to yearly augmentations in rents forced upon them via proprietors.

The FedAOA has requested that the urban advancement branch of UP make it basic upon improvement powers to look for quarterly advance reports from private undertakings with the end goal of survey of development work.

Choice to change land use flashes dissent on Vasundhara plot

he UP Housing Board’s choice to change the area utilization of a plot in Vasundhara Sector 7 from institutional to blended has irritated occupants.

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Around 250 occupants on today assembled at Atal Chowk on Monday and requested that the Board change its choice. They plan to sort out a candlelight walk and dissent before the Board’s office soon.

U B Garg, an occupant, said, “We had made our complaints clear and an abnormal state panel set up by the UP Housing Board was planned to meet us on January 8, however it was suddenly wiped out. So we are left with no choice yet to take our challenge to the roads.”

Another challenging occupant Ashok Sharma said, “Even following two decades Vasundhara is as yet sitting tight for a degree school, healing facility, play area and every one of these years we were informed that 41 sections of land of area in Sector 7 foundations for open utilities will come up yet when the time came load up is attempting to give away it to private developers. This is unfairness and we expectation to do our unsettling till the UP Housing Board yields.”

Inconvenience started when the Housing Board in November a year ago welcomed protest from occupants for change of area use strategy of a 41 sections of land of area in Sector 7. In the first design, the plot was reserved for group or office focuses including play area, healing facility and parks. Be that as it may, the board, through change in area use, plans to give the area to private developer.

Udaybhan, another inhabitant, said, “Under Section 6 of UP Park, Playground and Open Space (Provision and Regulation) Act, 1975, the city organization can’t change land use. The Supreme Court had in 2005 said area utilization of space left for open utilities and accommodations can’t be changed. We plan to challenge the Board’s choice in court.”

K A Singhal, superintending engineer, UP Housing Board, said, “The administration has shaped an abnormal state panel to investigate the occupants’ grievances.”

JM HOUSING GOES FOR POSSESSION OF JM AROMA

Noida: In spite of the ongoing slowdown in real estate sector, realty major of NCR known for its on-time delivery and quality products; ‘JM Housing’ is now ready for the possession of its highly acclaimed project ‘JM Aroma’, located at Sector 75, Noida. The project was started on 27th September 2012 and in a span of nearly 3 years today, the project is standing ready to welcome its rightful residents. This is a major achievement in this sector considering the severe pressure of possession delays that are largely visible today. This is the second on-time delivery by the company after it successfully delivered ‘JM Orchid’ located at Sector 76, Noida back in 2013.

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JM Aroma is a residential project by JM Housing in the locality of Noida in Sector 75. The project is strategically located and shares its proximity with Ghaziabad, Greater Noida and Delhi. The project is a combination of meticulously designed 3/4 BHK flats that are 598 approx. in number with various modern amenities such club, swimming pool, gymnasium, landscape gardens, children park, water supply, 24X7 security, power backup and much more for the residents to relish. The project is properly linked by roads; public transportation is obtainable at a walking distance. The nearest metro station is just 10 minutes from the project, NH 24 mere 15 minutes and Delhi 20 minutes respectively. Developed sectors like Sector 50, 51, 62 and 63 gives an additional advantage to this project and thus, signalling good capital appreciation.

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Feeling jubilant and proud of this achievement, Mr. Rupesh Gupta, Director, JM Housing said “I first take this opportunity to thank and congratulate the entire JM Housing team who had worked tirelessly to make sure that righteous owners of this project get their homes on time. We are feeling extremely proud that we have yet again proved our mettle when it comes to delivering projects with superior quality and on-time as well. JM Aroma is one of our highly sort after project keeping in mind the daily needs and requirements of the residents. The project is situated at a prime location of Noida with already existing sound infrastructure and plans very well laid, thus promising a bright future for the residents and the project”.

About the company: Started in the year 1999, JM Housing Limited, an associate concern of JM Group, is a repute name in the real estate sector of Delhi & NCR. They are one of the prominent names engaged in providing real estate solutions for commercial and residential construction service to the clients. Founded on a strong lineage and an established reputation, JM Housing Limited is a leading real estate development company whose philosophy is based on Client Satisfaction, Execution Excellence, and Timely delivery. JM Housing Limited was formed with the sole purpose of providing professional and honest service to its valued customers.

Ghaziabad prepared with savvy city arrangement, will soon send it to Center

The municipal corporation will send Ghaziabad’s smart city proposal (SCP) to the Union urban development ministry after December 10. GMC officials said on today that the draft proposal is set to be finalised in the next two days, after months of intense work, including data collection, followed by development of a concept plan.

images (22)According to officials, the draft plan will be sent to the Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies (RCUES) in Lucknow for vetting, before it’s sent to the urban development ministry.
Data for developing the concept plan was collected by the municipal corporation from several arms of the government, including the district administration, Ghaziabad Development Authority, UP Jal Nigam and UP Power Corporation Limited, among others.

“The data pertains to population, water supply, electricity connections and power availability, parks, public conveniences, etc. These were integrated to the concept plan, based on which the SCP is being prepared. GMC will send it to RCUES in the next couple of days, and it’s suggestions and recommendations will be integrated into the SCP,” said a senior GMC official.

RCUES has been empanelled by the UP government as consultant, to aid civic bodies of all cities in the state which have been selected for the first phase of the Smart City Mission, in the preparation of SCPs. A total number of 12 cities have been shortlisted by the UP government to be developed as smart cities in the first phase of the mission.

Officials said a dedicated counter will be opened at the urban development ministry for receipt of smart city proposals from across the country. GMC will submit its proposal before the closure of the counter on December 15.

40,000 more UP government housing units in offing

The UP Housing and Development Board (UPHDB) and various other development authorities may be sitting over residential and commercial properties worth over Rs 7,000 crore, but that has not deterred the Akhilesh Yadav government from coming up with 40,000 more housing units across the state.

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Proposed to be constructed under the state government’s flagship Samajwadi Awas Yojana, the housing units will not only be constructed by various development authorities and the UPHDB but also by private developers.

The housing department has already given its nod to the construction of 10,500 housing units by the UPHDB, 5,000 by the Kanpur Development Authority (KDA), 2,000 by the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) and 1,000 by the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA). Besides, the department has shown the green flag to detail project report (DPRs) of two private builders for the construction of 1,700 and 1,400 housing units in Ghaziabad and Moradabad, respectively.

The department is also in the final stages of clearing the DPRs of 11 builders who have together shown interest in the construction of over 23,000 housing units. Of these, four builders are keen on coming up with housing units in DPRs , Ghaziabad three in Hapur and one each in Meerut, Mathura, Agra and Barabanki.

Sources said the proposals involve change of land use which is to be done by the respective development authorities in the state. “The proposals are being studied by the development authorities,” said a senior official in the department.

Principal secretary, housing, Sadakant confirmed that construction was expected to take off by the new year. “The scheme has been conceptualised considering the demand for affordable houses,” he said. The affordability of the housing units, he said, will be a result of sops offered by the state government in the form of development and land use conversion charge waiver. The cost of the units will range from Rs 2,500 per sq ft to Rs 3,300 per sq ft.

The scheme is also perceived as a government attempt to arrest the proliferating growth of unauthorized colonies in the suburbs of big towns like Ghaziabad, Noida and Lucknow over the past few years.

According to the draft plan of the scheme, private builders will choose land, ostensibly agricultural, on their own, much like private colonies that have come up on agricultural land in brazen violation of city master plans.

While the unauthorized colonies have been getting their layout map sanctioned illegally by panchayats, in case of the Samajwadi Awas Yojana, the sanction will be given by a development authority or the housing board. “No panchayat can sanction a map of any builder,” said a senior housing official. “Any such colony is deemed to be classified unauthorized. The new scheme seeks to put a check on that.”

NHAI, YEIDA spar over EPE projects

More than seven months after the Supreme Court pulled up the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and directed it to expedite the execution of the Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE), the project seems to have hit a road block. Talks between Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) and the NHAI monitoring committee, on 31st August, over 72 hectares of land required for the EPE in the YEIDA area, failed to reach a conclusion.

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According to officials, the NHAI has demanded that the YEIDA land, estimated to cost about Rs 161 crore, be given free of cost for the EPE. The NHAI also wants YEIDA to bear the cost of the construction of the EPE falling in the YEIDA area.

The monitoring committee, in its arguments, also cited the example of Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA), which has already given about 8 hectares of land to NHAI for the e-way. “GNIDA has asked for an additional interchange to open up near Omicron Sector in Greater Noida, which NHAI has agreed to, whereas for YEIDA the e-way will provide only a passage for the Yamuna Expressway traffic,” said a YEIDA official.

YEIDA officials further said that it was not possible to agree to the terms of NHAI as they had acquired the land from farmers and had to pay them an additional compensation of 64.7%. Giving the land free to NHAI is not being a viable proposition for YEIDA, officials said.

As per the plan, the six-lane ring road, which is likely to ease traffic congestion in the NCR region by connecting Sonipat, Ghaziabad and Palwal, will also be connected to Yamuna Expressway between Delhi and Agra. The 135-km long e-way is planned to bypass Delhi on eastern side and form half a ring around the national capital, while the other half of the ring road will be formed by the Western Peripheral Expressway.

The EPE project is envisaged to provide a smooth ride between the cities of Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Sonipat, Faridabad and Palwal, as well as to de-congest Delhi roads. Estimated to cost over Rs 4,500 crore, once completed, is likely to benefit UP and Haryana as it would open up hinterlands for developing commercial areas and townships along the expressway. YEIDA CEO Santosh Yadav remained unavailable for comment. In fact, it will form a third Ring Road around Delhi, along with Western Peripheral Expressway, which is the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway. The EPE will have interchanges on intersections with NH-1, NH-2, NH-24, NH-58, NH-91 and Yamuna Expressway. On NH-1, it will connect near Kundli, on NH-2 near Palwal, on NH-24 near Dasna and on NH-58 near Muradnagar.

In Greater Noida, the EPE will connect near the Yamuna Expressway and near the integrated township of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor while on NH-91 (Grand Trunk Road) it will connect near Beel Akbarpur. Noida, Greater Noida, Dadri, GT Road, Ghaziabad, Dholana, Hapur will be decongested once the e-way is in place. Expected vehicular movement on the e-way is about one lakh per day by 2021.

Ghaziabad in Centre’s smart city longlist

Ghaziabad had once been named the hottest city by news magazine Newsweek. However, the city struggled to live up to expectations of this tag with a range of problems plaguing it, including deteriorating law and order and crumbling infrastructure. But now, it has suddenly got another shot in the arm after making it to the Union urban development ministry’s longlist of 98 cities for the Narendra Modi government’s ambitious smart city project, ahead of its more illustrious neighbour Noida, and even Gurgaon.

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The city is among the 13 in Uttar Pradesh, which has most nominees on the list. The other cities from UP are Lucknow, Moradabad, Aligarh, Saharanpur, Bareilly, Jhansi, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Agra and Rampur. One more city (Rae Bareli or Meerut) is yet to be named. Ghaziabad had an overall score of 82 points in an assessment conducted over 20 different parameters. It also stood 138th among 476 cities in the Swachh Bharat rankings; factors that helped it score over its neighbours in NCR and make the cut. But the city will have to wait before it raises a toast. All states will now send a proposal to the urban development ministry detailing civic and infrastructure development to be taken up. Based on these proposals, 20 cities will make the final list of places that will be developed as smart cities.

Experts said there is reason to believe Ghaziabad could make it to the final list because of its superior infrastructure compared with other cities in UP. The city is extending the Metro network from Dilshad Garden to New Bus Stand and has also started work on building 18km of cycle tracks. The district administration, municipal corporation and Ghaziabad Development Authority now need to put their heads together to align infrastructural work to the parameters laid down for smart cities. GDA secretary Ravindra Godbole said, “The central government can be assured that all government agencies in Ghaziabad will work towards achieving these parameters. The concept of mixed land-use is already there in Ghaziabad. We will introduce it to more areas if the need arises. We are committed to developing open spaces and green lungs.”

Godbole also said planning on introducing a variety of transportation systems was being worked upon. “The Dilshad Garden-New Bus Stand Metro corridor is advancing fast in terms of construction. More transportation networks like the Hindon elevated road project and inter-linking NH-24 with NH-58 via the New Link Road are in various stages of completion,” he added.

One of the key visions for smart cities is to create walk-able localities and reduce congestion. The Metro and cycle track projects will give Ghaziabad an advantage. The realtors association said growth should be aligned with the smart city vision. Gaurav Gupta, general secretary, CREDAI, Raj Nagar extension, said, “Smart city is a concept that makes life easier. It is not just technology but also waste discharge, transportation, delivery of services, etc. By confirming Ghaziabad as a potential city for the smart city mission, it is assured that everyone, including real estate developers, will work towards providing such an environment.”

Hindon bird sanctuary leased out

The forest land is being levelled now for construction while a part of it has already been converted into a casting yard by Ghaziabad Development Authority. You can never tell that the vast expanse of land adjoining Hindon barrage, which looks like a construction site, is listed as a bird sanctuary in Ghaziabad’s revenue records. Few birds, except pigeons and crows, are seen around this place where a blackened Hindon flows.

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If you go by Ghaziabad resident Sushil Raghav’s petition in National Green Tribunal, the 14-acre land spanning nine khasra numbers is actually a bird sanctuary under the Uttar Pradesh forest department.

Other bird habitats in NCR are also deteriorating. Birders and wildlife enthusiasts in NCR have just bidden adieu to the Okhla bird sanctuary after the environment ministry’s latest eco-sensitive zone notification declared only a 100m long buffer zone for a significant stretch to accommodate more than 55,000 homes coming up close to the park.

Despite the obvious impact of river pollution and real estate, no steps were taken to rectify the situation, either for Hindon or for Okhla. Birders say wetlands like Surajpur and Basai in Gurgaon are also endangered.

With the sanctuary allegedly being leased out to realtors by government authorities, 25-year-old Raghav has placed several documents before the National Green Tribunal to prove it’s forest land. The lapse involves various agencies including Uttar Pradesh Housing and Development Board.

“It is still very much a bird sanctuary. But land disputes began in 1994 and haven’t been resolved yet. We are trying to protect it,” claimed a forest official. Joga Singh, divisional forest officer, claimed the irrigation department has leased out the Hindon sanctuary land to some companies. The department has no answers to why encroachments were not stopped earlier.

Not only encroachments, the Hindon and the wetlands around it are also “ecologically dead”, leaving no habitat for birds or fish. Shib Nath, a construction labourer who came to fish at the barrage on Thursday, has seen the bird sanctuary in its happier times.

“There was a huge pond there about six years ago and lots of birds. They buried the wetland with soil. Hindon, too, had a variety of fish like rohu and katla. Now we get only singhi, shaoli and magur if we are very lucky because the black sewer and industrial water mixes with the river. If there are no fish, there will be no birds.” Anand Arya, a birder who got to know about the Hindon bird park recently, came exploring and found that birds had already deserted the place.

Birders, meanwhile, are striking out wetlands everyday from their list. “The raptors had already started disappearing in Okhla, they probably stopped coming because high tension wires would obstruct flight. Siberian cranes also stopped coming. I don’t see how the park will continue to exist now. They might as well close it,” said Arya.

Asad R Rahmani, senior scientific adviser to Bombay Natural History Society, has a different view, though. “The sanctuary is right in the middle of human habitation. I would say that it is a good thing that the government has reduced the eco-sensitive zone to 100m, giving relief to homeowners. However, it’s a half-step. Okhla sanctuary needs clean water for fish and birds to thrive. Many species may not survive the urban pressure but some will. Okhla sanctuary should be protected like, say, Central Park in New York.”

C R Babu, professor emeritus, Delhi University, says that noise from habitation will have an impact on birds. If tall buildings fall in their migratory route, even navigation may be impacted, but perhaps these concerns should have been addressed long ago by the planning authorities.

Flats cheap but upkeep high in Noida Extension

Those who are taking over possession of apartments they bought at relatively cheap rates in the upcoming Noida Extension, face a new quandary. They may end up paying more in maintenance than anyother place in Noida or Ghaziabad. Homebuyers are now trying to negotiate with builders to bring down charges to a “reasonable” level.

48418412.cmsWhile monthly maintenance charges of apartments in areas like Indirapuram is approximately Rs 1.50-Rs 2 per sq ft, charges in Noida Extension are double, approximately Rs 3-Rs 4 per sq ft. This means in a 1,000 sq ft apartment in Ghaziabad, you end up paying Rs 1,500 per month as maintenance, while, for a flat of the same size, you may end up paying Rs 3,000-Rs 4,000 in Noida Extension.

“Maintenance costs in Noida Extension are double of that of some blocks in Ghaziabad. Why is there such a marked difference? People may end up paying Rs 40,000-Rs 50,000 a year as maintenance,” Indrish Gupta, co-founder of Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association (NEFOWA) said. “We are now trying to negotiate with builders to bring down the rates. In the long term, maintenance charges are only going to go up, and most buyers may find it difficult to maintain the apartments,” Gupta said.

“According to the UP Apartment Act, once a society gets 33% occupancy, builders are supposed to hand over the maintenance to home owners. That way, home owners can decide on their own maintenance costs. But this is yet to happen at any new society where buyers have begun to take over possession. Builders are also demanding two years of maintenance charges at once in advance. In addition, they are charging 14% in service tax. Buyers are agitated, and builders need to address this,” said Kapil Kumar, co-founder of NCR Homebuyers Association.

Only when buyers form RWAs and take over responsibility, can buyers find out the true cost of maintenance,” said Amit Modi, director, ABA Corp and vice-president, CREDAI western UP.

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